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Table 5 Suicidal ideation assessment of patients with mental disorders visiting psychiatry outpatient unit in Mekelle town, psychiatric clinics, Northern Ethiopia, 2019 (n = 221, control = 147, and case = 74)

From: Determinants of suicidal ideation among patients with mental disorders visiting psychiatry outpatient unit in Mekelle town, psychiatric clinics, Tigray, Northern Ethiopia: a case–control study

VariableCategoryControl (n = 147)Case (n = 74)
Life time suicidal ideation, intention and attemptNever117(79.6)0(0.0)
Suicidal thought21(14.3)4(5.4)
Intent3(2.0)20(27.0)
Suicide attempts6(4.1)50(67.6)
Frequency suicidal ideation in the past yearNever124(84.4)11(14.9)
Once22(15.0)34(45.9)
Twice0(0.0)19(25.7)
3–4 times1(0.7)6(8.1)
≥ 5 times)0(0.0)4(5.4)
Suicidal threatsNo143(97.3)28(37.8)
Once4(2.7)39(52.7)
Twice and more0(0.0)7(9.5)
Likelihood of suicide in the futureNever94(63.9)0(0.0)
No chance at all46(31.3)7(9.5)
UnlikelyU7(4.8)17(23.0)
LikelyL0(0.0)50(67.6)
  1. UnlikelyU includes rather unlikely and unlikely
  2. LikelyL includes likely, rather likely and very likely